Thursday 22 February 2018

Digital Festival in Derry unveils musical acts

Michael McHugh

DERRY’S CultureTECH festival today announced details of a music lineup including electronic act The Japanese Popstars and a free public performance from pianist and songwriter Duke Special.

The festival at the end of August is a four-day event featuring digital technology, media and music and expects to attract over 500 industry delegates alongside 8-10,000 members of the public to a conference, film screenings and live music events.

Festival organiser Mark Nagurski said: "CultureTECH aims to celebrate digital media in all its forms - from how we make new things to how we consume them - and music is at the very heart of that.

"We are delighted to be able to welcome so many great acts, and given the lineup, expect this to be a huge event."

In addition to a Friday night headline event featuring The Japanese Popstars, Paul Woolford and Psycatron and Screendeath, the organisers are planning live music events across the city centre - many of which will be free to attend.

Electronic group Culture Glitch will open the festival with an event that will be streamed live in New York.

The Dublin Laptop Orchestra will showcase original music made using lots of laptops. Duke Special will play a free, public gig in the city on the Saturday afternoon.

CultureTECH will also host the debut performance of a collaboration between traditional Irish vocalist Grainne Holland and electronic producer Figure of 8. The audio-visual set will be accompanied by "surreal" visuals and a live string quartet from Serenity Strings.

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